Are You Being Proactive with Your Career?
I coach a lot of individuals that are starting to realize the importance of being an active participant in their life around the work they do in the world. I have clients that are happy in their current role, and they are looking to grow in their work and want to be strategic and proactive in how they do that. I have individuals that are looking to make a career change, and they are not sure what exactly that means; in addition, I have individuals that want to get their happy back, whether through their current work or a new position.
Where are you putting your attention when it comes to how you are navigating and creating your work in your life?
If you want to have more of something in your work, such as creativity, leadership, or inspiration, you have to be an active participant in making that happen. Sitting back and waiting for something to happen isn’t necessarily going to get you what you desire.
I have a client that works for a very large corporation. He is happy in his role and engaged my coaching services because his job started feeling blah, he was a little bored and had to keep reminding himself of how he likes his company along with his team, and he wasn’t sure if he should look at other companies, or if there was something he could do to make his current role more inspiring.
After a series of conversations, he realized he really doesn’t want to leave the company, but he wants to shift to a new division within the company. The problem? He doesn’t have the experience he thought was needed to make that change and wasn’t sure how to go about tackling that idea.
We started by looking at the people he felt would be good to align with in his current organization. Then we discussed building a strategy for how to go about campaigning for the division and role he was interested in. He took an active part in participating in cultivating key relationships and campaigning for himself, and what he wanted to experience in his work.
By the end of the journey, he landed the role he desired along with having cultivated solid relationships with senior leadership that will offer him guidance and support throughout his career.
You can sit back and hope something will happen, but even when we have a great position, it is key to putting attention on the direction you want to drive your career and cultivating the relationships that can support you in achieving it.
The exciting news is creating our careers or a new job is a creative process that we have the ability to direct and shape. Take ownership of what you desire in your career and allow yourself to learn new ways of being that support you in bringing more of your potential to the world in the work you do.
Here is a description of how different driving our careers are as we navigate the new paradigm we are all creating: